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Overcrowded bus plunges off road in Nepal, leaving 17 dead and 50 others injured

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KATMANDU, Nepal — An overcrowded bus has plunged off a mountain road in Nepal, killing at least 17 people and injuring 50 more, police said Monday.

Police official Kesh Bahadur Shahi said the bus veered off the road near Pokharakada village Sunday night and rolled 600 meters (about 2,000 feet) down a slope.

Rescuers pulled out 14 bodies while three more died at a hospital. There were 67 people on the bus, which had 38 seats.

The bus was driving on a narrow mountain road during the night when the accident happened about 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of the capital, Katmandu.

Rescuers worked all night to help the injured passengers and bring the bodies to the main road, police said.

The injured are recovering in hospitals in nearby towns and a dozen of them are in critical condition, they said.

Bus accidents in Nepal are generally blamed on poorly maintained vehicles and roads.

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